Healing garden dedicated at Kenmore Mercy Hospital

blessing of healing garden Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Father Matthew Zirnheld, pastor from St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church, blesses the new Healing Garden at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He is joined by the family of John M. Repetski, whose donation made the garden possible. Photo courtesy Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Colorful flowers and plants now greet patients, visitors and staff as they arrive at at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

A healing garden was blessed and dedicated on Friday, May 12. The garden was made possible by a donation to the Kenmore Mercy Foundation by the late John M. Repetski.

Open to all hospital patients, visitors and community members, the 2,225-square-foot healing garden is located on the north end of the hospital next to its new Ambulatory Surgery Unit. The garden features a variety of herbs, plants and flowers, each chosen with their therapeutic and calming effects in mind.

Studies show that after a stressful event, images of nature help decrease blood pressure, respiration rate, brain activity and improve moods, according to information from Kenmore Mercy.

In January 2016, a $2.3 million bequest was left by Repetski’s estate to benefit the hospital. It is the largest gift from an individual donor in the hospital’s 66-year history. The Foundation Board and hospital officials discussed the various needs of the hospital, and decided on the garden as one of the ways to use the unrestricted donation.

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